Rest Haven Memorial Day program will feature patriotic ceremony, blood drive

ROCKWALL – The 38th annual Memorial Day program at Rest Haven Memorial Park will feature a inspirational music, a patriotic ceremony and an American Red Cross blood drive, May 28, at 10 am, at 2500 State Highway 66 East in Rockwall.

The music will be led by Michael J. Manley, who leads the Music and Worship Ministry at First Baptist Church Rockwall. He will perform several patriotic favorites. Rest Haven’s Matthew Lee will provide piano music before and after the program.  Alex Dumas, a trumpet player for the Rowlett High School Mighty Eagle Band, will perform Taps at the close of the ceremony.

Leading the patriotic ceremony will be the Andre Family Quartet, all members of the Lakeshore Composite Squadron, who will perform a special rendition of the National Anthem. The Squadron’s Color Guard will present the Colors.  The American Legion Post 117 will present the Memorial Wreath and the Tri-County Veterans Honor Guard will provide a rifle salute to conclude the program.

Each blood drive donor will receive a receive an American Red Cross Rock ‘N Roll t-shirt, a coupon for a free pint of Culver’s frozen custard through the Red Cross “Give A Pint, Get A Pint” program, plus be eligible to win a Gibson guitar.

According to Rest Haven Funeral Home President Dwayne Cain, the Red Cross also helps military families by providing emergency communications, assistance in applying for emergency loans and information regarding community resources.

“The Red Cross is uniquely equipped with the latest technology to provide an exclusive worldwide communications and support network that serves as a lifeline between military service members and their families during times of emergencies. The American Red Cross North Texas Region also participates in outreach activities throughout the community in order to promote these services.”

The event is free and refreshments will be served after the ceremony.  Seating is available, but lawn chairs are welcome and encouraged.

For more information, or to sign up to donate blood, contact Sharon Satterwhite at 972-771-8641.

By J.J. Smith, Publisher

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